The Shivah

Taking its title from the week-long Jewish time of grieving, The Shivah is unconventional in a number of ways. Most apparently in design, looking as if it has been transported forward in time from 1992. Made to match the classic LucasArts and Sierra adventures, its point-and-click adventuring feels gloriously comfortable.

The next distinctive feature would be the Jewishness: you play Rabbi Russell Stone, trying to solve the murder of a former member of your synagogue. It's possibly the only game to feature an in-game Jewish phrasebook; very useful to goyim like me. Lasting only two hours (but costing £2.50), and occasionally frustratingly obtuse, it's a gentle, bite-sized memory of the better days of adventuring.

Publisher: Manifesto Games/Dave Gilbert
Price: $5

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